While much of the world was focused on the dancing sharks at the Super Bowl, some people focused on the dark public service announcement about domestic violence. It was reportedly based on an actual phone call in which a woman dials 911 and pretends to order a pizza since she is afraid for her life. The clip shows a messy house with a hole in the wall where some angry man must have punched it. Are people going to pay more attention to violence because of this? Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice sparked a whole discussion about NFL leniency and abuse. But he wasn’t the first celebrity to get caught in a violent scandal.
Justin Bieber and all terrain vehicles don’t mix. He was arrested on assault and dangerous driving charges after his ATV collided with a mini-van in Canada in September 2014. Ontario Provincial Police spokeman Kees Wijnands said, “Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation.” Somehow Selena Gomez was also seen riding on an ATV with him in released photos. It’s just a mess.
The Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released from his team and suspended indefinitely in 2014 after he abused his wife and the internet watched as he dragged her unconscious body out of that elevator. Ray Rice made comments at a July press conference. “We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward. My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And if I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles,” said Rice.
Everything he owned was in a box to the left, but Jay Z never saw Solange coming in that elevator video. Beyonce said that a billion dollars was on that elevator in her song “Flawless” with Nicki Minaj. To this day, nobody really knows what went down. “What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that,” said Solange. There’s so much more that wasn’t said!
In 2014, Shia LaBeouf allegedly headbutted a guy in a bar. A headbutt is a strike using the head involving use of robust parts of the cranium as the area of impact. Wikipedia says it is a very effective but risky maneuver since a misplaced strike can harm the person delivering the headbutt more than the person who is being headbutted. Earlier in 2011, he got into a fistfight at another bar and TMZ showed him being beaten up by a burly shirtless man!
This is the story of the little phone that could. There once was a phone that was just an ordinary phone with apps and things. It lived a lonely life until the supermodel Naomi Campbell got her hands on it. Things seemed to go well and it was living a life of luxury until Campbell threw the little phone at her maid in 2007. Nothing was ever the same again. Campbell pleaded guilty to reckless assault in Manhattan Criminal Court and agreed to do five days of community service, anger management classes and pay her maid’s hospital bills.
You could say people are talking about ticking time bomb Chris Brown from wall to wall. Rumors circulated that he was surrounded by gang violence especially in light of the recent incidents that went down at his club events. “When you’re in L.A. and you’re around people, you meet everybody. You meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in. I’m not in the country world, I’m not in the all-the-way pop world. When you’re in hip-hop, all of that meshes.” It was in 2009 when Brown was charged with felony assault involving Rihanna.
Here we are now, entertain us and rocker Courtney Love who was charged with felony assault for allegedly beating a female rock singer with a liquor bottle and metal flashlight in 2004. That singer was Kristin King, a singer and guitarist who was somehow connected to Love’s former guitarist in her band Hole. They were at the house of Love’s ex Jim Barber when Love began choking Barber. King was sleeping on a couch when the fight broke out. Dang, that’s rough when you’re just trying to get some rest!
All’s fair in love and basketball wives especially on this show! There once was a show called “Basketball Wives: LA” and somebody got a black eye! Cast members Draya Michele and Sundy Carter got into a fight while they were on a Palm Springs getaway. Sundy was allegedly belittling Draya’s son and there was video and everything. Draya was the girlfriend of Dallas Cowboy Orlando Scandrick and Sundy was the ex-girlfriend of NBA player Larry Hughes.
Josh Brolin was arrested in 2004 for spousal battery involving his wife Diane Lane in their West Los Angeles home. She called the police to slaim that he hit her. Then a spokeswoman for the couples said there was a misunderstanding. Kelly Bush said, “Diane did not want to press charges and asked them not to arrest him, but in cases involving the possibility of any physical contact, the police have to arrest first, ask questions later.” What is the truth James?
He used to have a brave heart in “Brave Heart” but these days people remember Mel Gibson for different reasons. In 2011, Gibson pleaded no contest to a count of misdemeanor spousal battery of his ex Oksana Grigorieva. He was punished with three years of probation, domestic violence counseling and two days of community service. In 2014, a Los Angeles court vacated his misdemeanor domestic violence battery conviction. Grigorieva was awarded joint legal custody of their child.
The creator of “Two and a Half Men” made fun of Charlie Sheen in the series finale. They made fun of his drug use, prostitutes, and the famous catchphrase “Winning.” But the reality was far from funny. In 1990, Sheen accidentally shot Kelly Preston with a .22 in Malibu and she ended their relationship. In 1994, Sheen was sued by an unnamed UCLA student who said he hit her when she refused sex. In 2010, an adult film star named Capri Anderson said he put his hands around her neck and threatened to kill her. Yikes!
Bjork has a new album out called Vulnicura and is doing a U.S. tour but that’s not what this is about. The singer first made headlines in 1996 when she had flown to Thailand with her son. A reporter named Julie Kaufman approached her son and said, “Welcome to Bangkok!” That’s when mama bear Bjork when into protection mode and slapped the reporter multiple times. Then in 2008, Bjork jumped a photographer, knocked him to the ground, and ripped his shirt in half. Glenn Jeffrey of the New Zealand Herald said, “I don’t see being assaulted as an acceptable thing.” You think?
Your fave may be problematic. If your fave if Michael Fassbender, then listen up. Michael Fassbender allegedly beat up his ex-girlfriend. The Glodd reported that he threw her over a chair, broke her nose, dragged her alongside her car, and caused her to twist her left ankle and blow out her kneecap. I can’t even bear the pain when my knees accidentally pop from getting up after sitting in a weird position. The ex filed for a restraining order and money to cover her medical expenses.
The retired American professional boxer Mike Tyson divorced Robin Givens in 1989 after she told Barbara Walters that “he pushes, he swings.” Tyson didn’t end the violence there. In 1992, Tyson was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct. In 1999, he was sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting two motorists after a traffic accident in 1998. He also allegedly punched a bodyguard in Las Vegas and fought a photographer at LAX. Stay classy.
The comedians on “Saturday Night Live” might be able to make jokes about jello, but Bill Cosby has a lot on his plate. On March 8, 2005, a director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team named Andrea Constand filed a civil complaint against Bill Cosby for battery and assault. Thirteen women who alleged similar experiences were mentioned in court papers. In 1006, a woman named Barbara Bowman claimed Cosby threw her on the bed and braced his forearm against her neck. It’s the end of a legacy.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.